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Ann and Friends

Stories for Beginning Braille Readers
by Ann Gelles

This series of stories was created to help Braille students focus on the alphabet characters and contractions before introducing them to more complex Braille signs. Alphabet exclusive contractions include n for not, w for will, gd for good, ll for little, fr for friend and m for more. Since r and z are troublesome letters for most beginning braille readers, you will notice that man of the main characters begin with the letters r or z. Some stories are imaginary and other stories are about real animal friends. A comprehension test is provided for each story.

Online text and quiz of Ann and Friends Stories for Beginning Braille Readers, presented in large type for low-vision readers, can be printed on a regular printer or embossed in Grade 1 or fully-contracted Braille, as needed. MP3 and AVI are provided for those who would like to download readings of these stories.

Download the entire book of Ann and Friends: Ann and Friends Book


Print individual Ann and Friends stories:

  1. Max:  (this story about Max, a playful cat, introduces the contractions can, do, good,friend, little, very, have, and will.)

  2. Rex:  (Rex a lively puppy introduces the alphabet contractions not, little, will, after, do, not, like, always, either and that.)

  3. Zola:  (Zola is a bunny who likes to sip cola.  Alphabet exclusive contractions include good, friend, very, every, afternoon, like, but, today, will, not, said, more, the f-o-r sign, tomorrow, can and again.)

  4. Zip: (Zip is a pet ant who likes to zigzag every place.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are very, little, just, today, can, every, will, go, the a-n-d sign, that, good, friend, already, almost, like and him.

  5. Zeek:  (Zeek is a friendly bee.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are said, that, again, friend, do, not, like, great, friendly, so, him, the a-n-d sign, also, us, would, not, will,  together, go, after and him.)

  6. Roni: (Roni is a pony who likes to eat bologna.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are but, more, also, every, afternoon, together, o’clock, across, like, that, little, always, so, good and after.)

  7. Zac:  (Zac is a duck who pecks my toes so I’ll get up to feed him.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are about, quite, the f-o-r sign, will, the a-n-d sign, that, very, so, immediately, can, after, also, together, every, afternoon, after, can’t, friends and friend.)

  8. Ruby: (Ruby is a lively puppy who loves people.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are just, today, very, quite, friendly, people, the a-n-d sign, do, not, like, that, together, o’clock, after, it, tonight, you and great)

  9. Randy

  10. Lucky: (Lucky is a show horse who isn’t so lucky.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are the w-i-t-h sign, not, very, one, the f-o-r sign, about, quite, young, that, the o-f sign, the t-h-e sign, almost, every, day, so, can, work, together, have, sometimes, just, right, already, would, rather, received, some, times, and from.)

  11. Bossy:  (Bossy is a baby calf who is always hungry.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are days, mother, not, the w-i-t-h sign, us, will, not, times, from, always, o’clock, every, the a-n-d sign, people, do, that, about and him.) 

  12. Honey:  (Honey is a guide dog who gets into trouble and helps Ann get around safely.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are name, one, quite, right, very, the a-n-d sign, young, works, every, day, go, from, as, can, like, people, do, almost, ever, the w-i-t-h sign, the t-h-e sign, the o-f sign, its, either, time, us, and after.)

  13. Diamond

  14. Zodiac: (Zodiac is Kyle’s lab who loves to go hunting and fishing.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are from, name, friend, so, that, could, your, you, him, not, young, had, already, many, would, day, the w-i-t-h sign, the t-h-e sign, the a-n-d sign, quite, about, day, under, the o-f sign, little, it, there, afternoon, himself, as, more, and together.)

  15. Surprise visitor:  (Rosie is a skunk who loves cat food.  Alphabet exclusive contractions included are the t-h-e sign, world, the o-f sign, many, people, their, cannot, have, but, one, had, it, will, father, mother, young, very.)

  16. Lance

  17. Yoda: (Yoda is a true story about a mischievous homeless kitten. Dot 4-6 contractions.)

  18. Yuki

  19. Noelani

  20. Bon-Bon

  21. Harry

  22. Annie

  23. Everybody Sleeps

MP3 Audio Downloads of Stories for Beginning Braille Readers, read by students at the California School for the Blind

  1. Zola read by Lucy

  2. Roni read by Natalie

  3. Lucky read by Teressa

  4. Ruby read by Robin

  5. Honey read by Joshua

  6. Surprise Visitor read by Teressa

  7. Noelani read by Peter

  8. Yuki read by Jack

AVI Video Downloads of Stories for Beginning Braille Readers, read by students at the California School for the Blind

  1. My Cat read by Amy

  2. Ruby read by Robin

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